Manchester United are lining up Udinese forward Luis Muriel as a possible replacement for Wayne Rooney.
United manager David Moyes is a long-term admirer of Muriel, and he is ready to try and push through a transfer for the player if he fails to hang on to wantaway England international Rooney.
Moyes has already turned down two offers from Chelsea for Rooney, but the player has made it clear he no longer wants to remain at Old Trafford.
It’s a situation that is testing Moyes’ managerial abilities but he is determined not to be caught short if Rooney eventually does depart.
Colombian international Muriel tops the Red Devils’ list of possible forward targets, with new chief scout Robbie Cooke pushing for the transfer to happen.
Muriel, 22, is a fast and creative forward who can play as an out-and-out striker or on the wings, and would be available for around £18million.
He scored 11 goals last season for Udinese and was watched by United, Liverpool and Barcelona scouts during the Europa League qualifying match against Siroki Brijeg last week, when he bagged two goals.
Muriel would fit in nicely with Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, making him an ideal option.
Rooney is not likely to be the only striker that departs Old Trafford this month though, with Angelo Henriquez, Kiki Macheda and Bebe also expected to leave in the coming days.
source: metro UK